Farmington Hills, MI (March 1, 2006)--- Botsford General Hospital has partnered with the Redford Township Fire Department to place three electrocardiogram machines in the department’s ambulances.
This equipment allows the paramedics to transmit information on a heart attack patient directly to the hospital before the patient arrives. The EKG transmitted to the hospital works using cellular phone technology. The EKG is hooked up to a cell phone and a digital signal is wired to a computer in the Emergency Department of the hospital. Working together with the Fire Department, the staff at Botsford has the ability to form a team of doctors who will already know the patient’s needs. David Walters, D.O., Botsford’s Department Chair of Emergency Medicine, says, “Time is muscle. If a piece of muscle dies, it can compromise a person’s standard of living. Working with the Fire Department and using the technology gives us the best chance of returning the person back to his/her current level of functioning.” This technology shortens the time necessary to provide the highest level of cardiac care and improve heart attack outcomes.
A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. The reduction or stoppage happens when one or more of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle is blocked. This is usually caused by the buildup of plaque. The muscle is strangled and needs to resume blood supply as soon as possible. Using a 12-lead electrocardiogram can allow doctors to see the area of muscle threatened.
The technology is a wonderful addition to the emergency angioplasty treatment which Botsford began offering in November.
In addition to working with Redford, Botsford has the same relationship with the Farmington Hills, Southfield and West Bloomfield Fire Departments. Botsford also has a great working relationship with Livonia; currently however Livonia cannot electronically transmit the information to the Hospital. Sanford Vieder, D.O., Botsford’s Chief of Staff and EMS Medical Director, says, “Our next goal is to work with Livonia on upgrading their equipment, so it is compatible with the hospital’s receiving equipment.”
The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the internet is www.botsford.org.
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